Hey, Look, I Made This!

On September 7th in the late evening, after a month stay in the hospital, I gave birth to another beautiful baby girl. My birth story will come some day. Some day when I’m not still in the throws of wrapping my mind around it, some day when I’m not lost in the sea of newborn happiness and exhaustion; someday when I’m ready to relive the ups and downs of it, able to tell the story compactly and neatly, able to let the glory of God shine in what felt like a sea of disappointment, guilt, and confusion.

I love her so much. Having a baby is everything! I’ve left you all out of so much of this journey already that I had to come back to let you know she’s here and I’m in love. More importantly, Johanna is in love. She is the absolute best big sister ever! She lives to help out and love on her real, live doll. I’m so happy God answered her prayer for a sister. Apparently it was just what she needed. And maybe it was just what I needed too.



Tutu and Bowtie Party: Happy Birthday, Johanna!

Since Johanna was born, we’ve had a birthday party for her. Planning parties is in my blood! This time sind Johanna actually requested one. She wanted a Princess party! However, we had to go back to the drawing board because her friend had a princess party last year, and I didn’t want to view of their style. So Johanna suggested a Tutu party. How cute is that?! I thought it was a wonderful idea, but questioned what the boys would wear. Then it hit me – a tutu ¬†and bowtie party! I asked for her color scheme (she was very specific about which purple and which blue she wanted) and my mind exploded with projects from there.

I love being hands on and creating a much as possible for events. I hope you enjoyed what I came up with a well. Johanna loved it and that leaves me satisfied.



The Main Table

This is probably one thing that I’m most proud of. I made all of the treats, including the cake, jazzed up the balloons, created the poster. Just about everything is dipped in chocolate, yuuumm!I also made the tulle skirt for the table and that my friends was a labor of love!


The Activity Table

This was downstairs. Kids were able to create their own crowns, play with their tulle wands, get their face painted, and have fun at the photo booth. I enjoyed making gumball necklaces for them, the tulle wanna, and cute little candy ring boxes filled with candy confetti. Thank you to my silhouette machine for helping me make the diet for the mannequin, and the shirts for Johanna and I!


Glitter – sequin balloons decorated our living room.



Photobooth Props

Thanks to the dollar store, the photobooth area was super easy!


Thank you table

I jazzed up the water bottles and focus boxes, and decorated the jars to put flowers in them. Johanna loves flowers! Shout out to my friend Michelle for cutting the 5 out for me. All I had to do was glitter it.


Face paint time


Make a wish, Johanna!


I upgraded her birthday shoes!


Happy birthday Princess. We love you!